Saturday, November 25, 2017

When it comes to flyfishing solo...

When it comes to flyfishing solo, I tend to be very risk averse. I've found lots of very productive looking holes on this trip, but I won't risk my neck to get at them. As much as we all love wild trout, they aren't worth it. Stay safe out there!
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

North Georgia native Brook Trout

Throwing it back to catching little North Georgia native Brook Trout last month as I prepare to head out after them again next week!!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Crested Caracara

We feel incredibly fortunate to have spotted two Crested Caracara driving through the orange groves and cattle farms on our way home from the tractor show last night!! Their numbers have greatly declined since the 1960s due to habitat loss, but, thanks to state and federal Fish and Wildlife departments, their numbers are improving. They are striking looking raptors, we're so glad we got to see them!!! This is a royalty free stock photo, I couldn't get a picture myself.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Flounder Creek Outfitters

We took a ride down to Titusville this morning so we could check out Flounder Creek Outfitters! The owner, Nick (great name!) wasn't in, but I got to visit with his mom for a bit. A great shop that carries in-house tied flies, more tying materials than you could shake a hook at and a wealth of local knowledge! Check them out if you're in the area!!
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What's the secret to tiny trout?

What's the secret to tiny trout on ultralight gear in skinny streams? Leave no riffle unfished!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

NC Fly Fishing Trail Pledge

"As a true sportsman, I pledge to never litter and to avoid trespassing on private lands. I will respect the rights of property owners, and always leave the streams in better condition than I found them." -- NC Fly Fishing Trail Pledge
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tying up some flies for a trip next month.

Tying up some flies for a trip next month. I need to order some more hooks and materials! I think I might go with a bulk hook assortment, instead of the expensive little packets. Any thoughts or experiences?

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Wet wading!!

Wet wading with the Korkers K5 Bombers! These boots grip so well I think sometimes I'm a little too confident! But, I do love the feeling of cool water flowing past my feet!!
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Took a short hike yesterday

Took a short hike yesterday to enjoy the <slightly> lower humidity. Saw this guy and a couple of his brothers sunning in the duckweed in a flooded area next to the trail.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Simple Bunny redfish fly

Barrie Mann led the MCFF Fly Tyers group tonight in tying his Simple Bunny redfish fly. Very easy fly to tie, no reason not to keep a dozen on hand!! Mid-Coast Fly Fishers in New Smyrna Beach meetings are second Mondays, tying nights are third Mondays.
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Friday, October 06, 2017

Fair Flies Dubbing Brushes

I met some of the guys from Fair Flies at this year's IFTD Show and they were kind enough to send me some samples of their awesome Ethically Sourced fly brushes. I feel bad that it's taken me this long to try them, but I received the package just before we evacuated from Hurricane Irma and I haven't spent much time at the vice since then. I'm tying up some flies for my trip next week and finally get to play with the brushes. These things are incredible!! These are some of the thickest packed brushes I've used, there's a ton of dubbing, crystal, tinsel and even rubber legs in these things!! But, even with all that material they're still flexible and wrap really well. I can't wait to see their action in the water!! Check out their story, FairFlies are doing good things!!
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Still more than half a week away...

Still more than half a week away, but I'm already counting down the hours until I'm back, knee-deep in cold water waving a stick in the air! Find me at the Orvis Down The Hatch show in Alpharetta, I'll have stickers with me!
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Monday, October 02, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MCFF Tying Night: Nomad Fly

The fly from last night's Mid-Coast Fly Fisher's tying meeting was an all-species fly from the pacific north west called the Nomad. Originally a trout fly, but scaled up and taught by member Carl Sanders to work in the warm, Florida saltwater. Definitely one to tie in various sizes!
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fly Tying Night At Oyster Creek Outfitters

Last night's fly tying at Oyster Creek Outfitters followed a casting demo and both were specific to techniques for fishing redfish in the coming flood tides!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MCFF Tying Meeting "Baby Tarpon" flies

At last night's MCFF meeting we tied up some "Baby Tarpon" flies. A pretty easy fly to tie, but proper technique was important in several steps!!
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Monday, August 21, 2017

St. John's River Ferry

We had our first ride on the St. John's River Ferry this weekend! There is no bridge over the river for A1A and the ferry keeps you from having to drive to Jacksonville and getting on I-295. Only a 5 minute ride, but we enjoyed it. And, it's part of the National Parks system, so we got to check off another park. They don't let you fish, though. I asked.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sticker Sighting!!

Sticker Sighting!! Repost from @simpson941, one of the winners of the 2017 The Suburban Angler annual giveaway, as he's cranking out some wooly buggers! Thanks buddy!!
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Flood Tide Festival

Hanging out at the Flood Tide Festival at Black Fly Outfitter in Jacksonville today! Fly gear, BBQ, beer and friends! Say hi if you run into us!!
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

IFTD Demo Day 2017

Evenin' Folks,
  I thought I'd start off the series of AFFTA IFTD 2017 posts with a recap of Demo Day.  IFTD Demo Day is an event where members of the media are invited to the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando before the opening of the IFTD Show and given the opportunity to talk with some manufacturers and use their new products on the water, under real conditions with a rep's (or in some cases, the designer's(!!!)) coaching and input.  It really is an incredible opportunity that I very much enjoy.  
  The setup was a little different this year in that all of the participating manufacturers were lined up along one long pond, which really made it easier to get to all the booths and make sure there was time to try all the new toys.  And, I don't want you to think that this was like casting into a 2-inch deep pool like the indoor casting ponds at various fly fishing events.  No, the water hazards of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes golf course are trophy managed bass ponds.  Certainly not easy ponds to fish, but if you are lucky enough to hook up it's with a largemouth bass worthy of the latest and greatest products being tested.
  Unfortunately, I was skunked.  But, I was skunked using some of the most advanced fly fishing products to date.  And I had a hell of a time doing it and can't wait until Demo Day 2018!  Follow along with the photos below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of them.  And be on the lookout for the next article in the IFTD 2017 series very soon.
  I hope you're all doing well,
Ritz Carlton Grade Lakes - IFTD Demo Day 2017
IFTD 2017 Demo Day 7am at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
The J.W. Marriott Hotel at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Course, Orlando, Florida

Hardy Fly Fishing Ultralight Series - IFTD 2017 Demo Day
Hardy Fly Fishing let me cast one of their new Zephrus Ultralight Series rods in 9' 5-weight with one of their classic Bougle reels.  This setup was designed for delicate presentations and was a pleasure to cast!

Sage Salt HD - IFTD Demo Day 2017
The new Salt HD from Sage Fly Fishing has a very soft, smooth cast and the KonneticHD technology helps put the power on for the quick casts that sight fishing saltwater fish requires.

Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis - IFTD Demo Day 2017
I had the opportunity to cast the new Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis rod and reel side-by-side with an identically outfitted conventional fly rod and reel and the difference was quite astounding! 

Orvis Helios 3 & Scientific Anglers Bonefish Line - IFTD Demo Day 2017
At the Scientific Anglers station I got to cast their new Bonefish line on an Orvis Helios 3 rod.  This combination made for near effortless casting of this 8 weight!  I'd really like to spend some more time fishing with this setup!

G Loomis IMX-PRO - IFTD Demo Day 2017
G. Loomis introduced their new IMX-PRO series of rods this year.  These rods take advantage of the IMX-PRO Matrix graphite that they've been using on their tournament bass rods.  This strong, lightweight rod was a pleasure to cast and with a price tag around $500 it's a high quality rod that's not totally out of reach.

Birds - IFTD Demo Day 2017
We weren't the only ones fishing at the Ritz-Carlton!

Simms Bus - IFTD Demo Day 2017
I spent some time talking with Nick (good name!) from Simms Fishing in front of the Simms Bus.  As a Large Outdoorsman myself, I was very happy to hear the Simms has starting increasing the sizes available on some of their more popular lines. 

Drift Boats - IFTD Demo Day 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a beautiful venue for the AFFTA IFTD Demo Day.  They hotel even provided drift boats and guides to help put attendees on fish!